Hackers unleash smart Twitter phishing tool that snags two in three users

Black Hat Twitter scammers have a new weapon with the release of an effective spear phishing tool that lands a victim almost two thirds of the time, dwarfing the usual five-to-fifteen-per-cent-open-rate for spam tweets. The SNAP_R machine learning spear phishing Twitter bot is a data-driven menace unleashed at the Black Hat security conference that is capable of consuming information from victim tweets to target users. Creators John Seymour and Philip Tully of Baltimore security firm ZeroFox say the neural network is the world’s first end-to-end Twitter pwn cannon useful to scammers, penetration testers, and staff recruiters. “The model is trained using spear phishing pen­testing data, and in order to make a click­through more likely, it is dynamically seeded with topics extracted from timeline posts of both the target and the users they retweet or follow,” the researchers write in a paper titled Weaponising data science for social engineering:…


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